• Short Summary

    The battle for control of the villages throughout South Vietnam continues unabated, with the long-embattled area north of Saigon under constant pressure.

  • Description

    The battle for control of the villages throughout South Vietnam continues unabated, with the long-embattled area north of Saigon under constant pressure.

    In one engagement on Tuesday (7 November), South Vietnamese troops moved against entrenched Viet Cong forces in the village of Phu Hoe (PRONOUNCED: Foo Hwah) twenty-one miles (33 kilometres) north of Saigon. The Viet Cong had moved into the area the night before and most of the villagers left.

    South Vietnamese troops of the 25th Infantry Division entered the village cautiously, mindful of the Viet Cong tactic of waiting quietly without returning fire until the government forces are right among them.

    One village hut was pointed out as the most likely place for an ambush and, accordingly, heavy machinegun fire was directed against it. In the ensuing engagement, one South Vietnamese Trooper and a Viet Cong fighter were killed, and some Viet Cong arms were captured.

    For the South Vietnamese, the fight for Phu Hoa was a success and, at least this village was kept under the control of the South Vietnamese Government.

    SYNOPSIS: The battle for control of villages throughout South Vietnam continues unabated. A force of South Vietnamese infantry. supported by an armoured personnel carrier, moved against a force of Viet Cong in the village of Phu Hoa on Tuesday, in the bitterly contested area north of Saigon.

    Most of the villagers had left before Viet Cong forces moved into the area the night before. Even though there was no return fire from the village, the Government forces moved in cautiously, wary of a possible ambush. One soldier was killed in the advance.

    Even after a continued barrage of small arms fire, the South Vietnamese troops searched the buildings with extreme care. In a bunker behind the hut they found arms left by the retreating Viet Cong...Jet fighters were called in to bomb any Viet Cong still in the area.

    As in any such operation, it is the civilians who are caught in the middle. Gathering what belongings they could carry, this family moved out of their hut along highway 12, until the area is once again free of fighting.

    After a sweep of the area, one dead Viet Cong was found...A silent testimony that at least this village was still controlled by the Saigon Government. The body lay at the side of highway 12--beneath a South Vietnamese flag, hung by one of the government soldiers from the limb of a tree.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAQ0QKQLXKQ6T5F502VK9J4VL
    Media URN:
    VLVAQ0QKQLXKQ6T5F502VK9J4VL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/11/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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